REV. FR. FRANCIS ANEKWE OBORJI - Professor of Missiology, Pontifical Urban University, Rome
“The reason why God seeks the service of men is that: good and merciful as he is, he wishes to bestow blessings on those who persevere in his service” (St. Irenaeus).
“By God’s grace I am what I am, and the grace he has shown me has not abandoned me nor has it been without fruit” (1 Corinthians 15: 10).
- Francis Anekwe OBORJI, a native of Aguleri, Anambra State, Nigeria, has been teaching in the Faculty of Missiology of the Pontifical Urban University, Rome since 1999, where presently, he holds the Chair of Contextual Theology. He did his primary school education at St. Mary’s Catholic School in his native town Aguleri between 1966 and 1974 with the interruption of the Nigeria – Biafra War (1966-1970); secondary school education at Father Joseph’s Memorial High School, Aguleri (1974-1979), and minor seminary formation at All Hallows Seminary, Onitsha (1979-1980). He entered the major seminary in 1980; studied philosophy (1980-1984) and theology (1985-1989) at the Bigard Memorial Seminary, Ikot-Ekpene and Enugu, Nigeria respectively (affiliates of Pontifical Urban University, Rome, and obtained his Bachelors’ degrees in philosophy (1984) and theology (1989) from the same university).
- He was ordained Priest for the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha on July 15, 1989. He served as Parish Vicar at the Holy Trinity Cathedral (Basilica), Onitsha (1989-1991), and seminary formator at All Hallows’ Seminary, Onitsha (1991-1994). He was the founding coordinator of Onitsha Archdiocesan School of Evangelization and chaplain of youths and several secondary schools in the City of Onitsha.
- Sent to Rome for further studies in 1994, he has licentiate and doctorate degrees in missiology from the Pontifical Urban University, Rome in 1996 and 1998 respectively. After his doctoral studies, he was assigned a doctorate of research in missiology for the teaching of mission theology and did the tirocino (professorship training) research program at Philosophische–Theologische Hochschule, Sankt Augustin (Bonn), Germany (1998-1999). A member of the International Association for Mission Studies (IAMS), he is one of the founding officers of the International Association of Catholic Missiologists (IACM). He is the author of several books and articles on mission studies and African theology.
- Special skills: Igbo, English, Italian, German, French (working knowledge of Yoruba, Spanish and Portuguese; Latin, Greek, and Hebrew).
“Let me be a Christian in reality and not only in repute” (St. Ignatius of Antioch)